The Patricia Hotel closes its doors
Published Tuesday, January 8, 2013 6:11PM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 9, 2013 4:46PM CST
A historic Saskatoon hotel is closing its doors.
The Patricia Hotel, known to most as “The Pat”, has been sold to an ownership group from British Columbia.
One manager said the property had been on the market for quite some time. All the staff have been laid off, but they’re receiving at least 4 weeks’ severance pay.
The hotel and bar stood as a pillar in downtown for just over 100 years. The building went up in 1912 as the annex for the King George Hotel to handle its overflow. In 1920, the name was changed to honour Princess Patricia, the daughter of the governor general.
The Pat is the second oldest hotel still operating in Saskatoon, coming second to the Hotel Senator that was built in 1908.
As a small tribute to its history, the Pat night club and Joe’s Bar will be open tonight for one last time before closing the door permanently.
Photograph A-2771 courtesy of the Saskatoon Public Library - Local History Room. The interior of the Patricia Hotel.
Photo LH-771 courtesy of the Saskatoon Public Library - Local History Room. The Patricia Hotel exterior. The veranda was removed in 1950.
Photo LH-3937A courtesy of the Saskatoon Public Library - Local History Room. The Patricia Hotel nearing completion.
Joe Dogs sports bar is also slated for closure
The Patricia Hotel as it stood on its last day of business, January 8, 2013.